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Daily Digest: July 24, 2014

“My Selma/Montgomery march with Dr. King was part of the birth of my passion for justice and respect. The summer of 1964 incubated my heart and soul for getting in ‘holy trouble’ all my life.” – The Rev. Phyllis Tyler, retired ordained elder, California Pacific Annual (regional) Conference.

Living the legacy of Freedom Summer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Many suffered during Freedom Summer of 1964 but the outcomes included the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. United Methodists share how that summer changed the direction of their lives.

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Young people approve unity statement
MANILA, Philippines (UMNS) — Amid talk of schism resulting from debates over human sexuality, United Methodist young people from around the globe have urged church leaders to “seek solutions that promote our global unity.” The Global Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly, attended by more than 300, adopted the unity statement.

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Letter to Obama calls for Israel/Palestine action
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — Eleven faith-based organizations, including the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, sent a letter to President Obama calling for the administration to change its policies to accomplish a lasting end to the hostilities between Israel and Palestine. The U.S. National Council of Churches and World Council of Churches also have called for an end to hostilities in Gaza.

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Global church offers informed debate
RIPON, Wis. (UMNS) — David W. Scott salutes the Rev. Juan Guerrero, superintendent of the United Methodist Mission in Honduras, for offering essential context in a recent essay on the immigration crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border. Scott, a United Methodist layman and assistant professor of religion at Ripon College, argues in a blog post that having such informed voices is one of the benefits of a global United Methodist Church.

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Church featured in new Reba McEntire video
ROSE, N.Y. (UMNS) — Recently, Reba McEntire asked her fans to join her in a video about praying for peace. The congregation of Rose United Methodist Church responded. Beth DiCocco of the Upper New York Annual (regional) Conference shares how the congregation ended up in McEntire’s video.

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Building relationships one swing set at a time
WASHINGTON, Ill. (UMNS) — Hope Swings in Washington — organized by three United Methodist congregations — is holding a seven-week mission blitz in central Illinois, where youth groups from across the United States are building 100 swing sets. But the bigger goal is building relationships. Paul Black of the Illinois Great Rivers Annual (regional) Conference shares the story.

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Trial and error in Nairobi
NAIROBI, Kenya (UMNS) — Living in Nairobi, Maeghan Orton has learned that no matter how impressive the app or device, if it isn’t seen as useful by the community it’s intended to help then community members won’t use it. She manages Medic Mobile’s East Africa program, and will be a panelist at the Game Changers Summit, hosted by United Methodist Communications, Sept. 3-5, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.

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